MTC/Namibia Premier League (NPL)’s defending champion, Black Africa, is set to become the first club to win four successive league titles, after a convincing 3-0 victory against second-placed Tigers on Saturday at the Sam Nujoma Stadium.
Muna Katupose opened the score-line with a header, thanks to playmaker Willy Stephanus’s left-footed cross, which landed on Katupos’s head who was in fact unmarked in Tigers’ penalty box, to score in the 57th minute.
BA captain, Da Costa Angula, should be credited for running with the ball from the edge of his penalty box on the right to find an unmarked Stephanus who did not hesitate to cross the ball to Katupose. Katupose was making his first appearance following a sideline in a few games due to injuries.
Old Tigers boy, Gebardht Ananias who is now with BA, did some damage to his former club by scoring the second goal in the 86th minute. Impressively, he did not celebrate that beautiful goal, as a sign of respect towards his former team, unlike his mates who went wild nonetheless.
Erastus Mundjanimu made a sure victory, with his first goal for the club this season after coming on to Klas Blom to score a stunning goal in the 91st minute. This, after a counter-attack, which started with Bryan Bantam, to Ananias and to Stephanus who unselfishly passed the ball to Namundjambi who blasted it past Tigers’ keeper, Fox Nambundunga.
BA coach, Brian Isaacs whose side faces a rejuvenated Orlando Pirates this Friday at the Sam Nujoma Stadium in the Katutura derby, could still not rule out his rivals for the title despite being five points clear at the top.
“We want to win the league. Our game in-hand against Rundu Chiefs (2-2) was a wakeup call for us. We still have four games to go, playing Pirates, Tura Magic, Blue Boys and African Stars. Therefore, we still have points to play for. The victory just gives us breathing space while putting pressure on other teams to catch us,” beamed Isaacs after the match.
Early this season, BA chairman Ranga Haikali, told The Villager Sports his aim, since injecting over N$10m in the club over the past four years, remains to see it win five successive titles.
BA is now headed for its fourth and a record nine titles, which could be achieved by triumphing over Pirates and Blue Boys on 17th May, before clashing against African Stars on 23rd May.
“I will only leave BA once I am sure it can generate its own funds. That would allow me to only own 50% rights of the club while community members take up the rest,” said Haikali.
BA supporters, just minutes after beating Tigers, gathered to celebrate another win, as if they had won the league title already.
Tigers coach, Bobby Samaria, said the title is far from over, despite his side having come top of the log for much of the season, only to find itself joint-second with Pirates at 34 points, following the latter’s victory against United Stars 1-0 in Rundu on Saturday.
“As much as the match didn’t go our way, it is not over yet. There are plenty of points to still play for,” said Samaria.
Pirates’ victory against BA will likely see it closing the gap to two points, considering its match against African Stars, which is at 33 points, has kept its title hopes alive after a 1-0 victory against struggling Eleven Arrows.
The match resumes on 6th May. It had been abandoned a fortnight ago, with eight and added minutes left, due to a power blackout. Then, Pirates lead Stars 2-0.
Below are other results in the NPL log.
Tura Magic 2-2 Ramblers
Rundu Chiefs 0-2 Blue Waters
Civics 2-0 Blue Boys